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May 25, 2012 1:03 PM by Alan Cutler

Call Cal's Team The Smart Cats

For those who like to rip UK basketball and suggest Cal's players don't go to class, there isn't much they can say when they find out they had a 3.12 average in the classroom.

"All these kids are good kids," John Calipari told UKAthletics.com.

"We had a (3.12) GPA as a team for this term with five players who are leaving early, so all this stuff bitter old men say that they don't go to class, it's not true."

All the freshman who are leaving for the NBA completed the semester.

Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague combined for a spring GPA well above 3.0. The two seniors, Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas, received their diplomas at May commencement.

Matthew Mitchell's ladies were at 2.61.

Joker's squad was at 2.56.

UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart sets the bar at a 3.0 grade point average for the sports department.

All UK student-athletes combined for 2.97 GPA and the GPA for scholarship athletes was a slightly higher 2.98 GPA. The average team GPA for the spring semester was 3.07.

"I am very proud of the effort our student-athletes logged in the classroom this semester," Barnhart told UKAthletics.com. "We fell just shy of our GPA goal and will work tirelessly to reach it, but I am happy with the academic culture we have fostered at UK. I appreciate everything our student-athletes, coaches and support staff have done to make that happen."

Women's tennis was had the highest GPA at 3.55, while men's cross country had the highest GPA among men's teams at 3.29. Of UK's 20 Division I teams, 12 had a GPA of over 3.0, including the championship-winning men's basketball, rifle and men's tennis teams.

"I am excited about all the great things our student-athletes are doing," Barnhart said. "They do so much to enrich our athletic department, our University and the Lexington community. We are blessed to be a part of their development and take that responsibility seriously."

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